This Gathering is all about "Freedom" and realizing your potential. Free yourself from the: tyranny of the urgent, fear of making mistakes, business as usual, and process. With an eye to the past, we look at how to optimize current environments and adopt a forward-thinking approach to Scrum.
Be bold and embrace change! Embrace “Freedom” by submitting to the following tracks:
Starting Down the Path [BEGINNER] - For those who are starting out on their Agile journey, it is important to fully understand the fundamentals. By doing so, we establish a firm foundation upon which to build for more advanced and complex topics. Understanding team level dynamics, practices, and local change is important here.
401: Secure Your Footing [INTERMEDIATE] - After using Scrum for a while, it is important to take stock and evaluate what you can change and how you can implement those changes. At this practitioner level, we begin to see that Scrum can offer so much more when we look at the bigger picture and incorporate other values and principles rather than simply viewing Scrum as a methodology.
601: The Scrum Mountaineer [EXPERT] - After many years of experience scaling the mountains of organizational change, there are still nuances and pearls of wisdom to be gleaned. For those who are seasoned experts at coaching and training, this level provides an opportunity to collaborate with peers and share experiences. From these inclusive interactions the entire Scrum domain will be expanded with collective insights. As Agile thought leaders, the community is looking to you to lead the evolution of Scrum, which will help set them free...
Short presentations using pictures, which last exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds total. The PechaKucha presentations will be featured in the second day plenary session at the end of the day. See examples of PechaKucha talks here.
1. What is a PechaKucha?
A PechaKucha (pronounced: pet cha ku cha) is a simple presentation format of 20 slides; speaking on each slide for 20 seconds totalling six minutes and forty seconds for the entire presentation. The slides advance automatically.
2. Are the slides really on auto-advance?
3. Why is the Scrum Gathering doing PechaKuchas?
We are adding PechaKuchas based on audience feedback over the years for a new session format. PechaKucha is an extremely popular presentation format. You can read a little more about the formation of PechaKuchas here.
4. How do I prepare a PechaKucha?
The best resource on preparing a PechaKucha is: http://blog.indezine.com/2012/05/10-tips-to-create-and-present-pecha.html
5. What is a good PechaKucha topic?
Good topics include discrete topics in Agile, typically one short story. A sample topic could be "my company's transition to daily standups" or "why user stories rock."
Daniel Gullo @danielgullo
Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
For more than 25 years, Daniel has been teaching, coaching, and consulting for organizations of many sizes; from startups to multi-national enterprises. Daniel has lead large-scale Agile adoption initiatives for organizations in Financial Services, Education, Health Care, Bio-tech, Pharma, Information Technology Consulting, Professional Associations, and Federal Government.
Daniel is well known and highly revered as "The hardest working man in the Agile community." He is the founder of Agile Delaware and frequent reviewer, volunteer, and speaker for the Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance, PMI and other organizations, including delivering keynote addresses. Daniel is the Conference Chair for the 2015 Scrum Gathering in Phoenix; he was the Conference Chair for the 2013 Scrum Gathering in Las Vegas; serves on the Trainer Acceptance Committee; is a member of the Coaching Retreat Planning Committee; host of Coaches Clinic events; facilitator of Open Space Events, including the Scrum Alliance's largest Open Space ever in Berlin; and a prolific contributor to a vast array of online forums, blogs, and other social media. Daniel is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Development.
To read more about Daniel, please visit: http://www.apple-brook.com
Stephen Forte @worksonmypc
Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), PMP
Stephen Forte is a Managing Director at Fresco Capital. Based in Menlo Park, CA, Stephen is involved in all aspects of investment and operations with a specific focus on enterprise and IoT. Prior, he was Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools and acquired by Progress Software in 2014. He is an active angel investor and also a mentor at several startup accelerators including Haxlr8r and the Thiel Foundation’s 20 under 20 program. He is the founder of Mach5, a Silicon Valley based startup accelerator and co-founder of AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator.
Stephen was the co-founder of several startups, including Chassis Finder (acquired in 2012), Triton Works (acquired in 2010) and Corzen (acquired in 2007). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the first CTO of venture backed Zagat Survey in New York City (acquired in 2011) and also was co-founder of the New York-based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group.
Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York, did post grad work at LSE and has written several books on application and database development. An avid mountain climber, he leads an annual charity fundraising trek in the Mt. Everest region.